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Firefighters Cook Their Chow Plus Fill-The-Boot Campaign Today At Webster Groves Farmers Market

Get some hot menu ideas from the Webster Groves firefighters when they demonstrate their cooking skills from 3 to 6 p.m. this afternoon at the Webster Groves Farmers Market. The market is on S. Old Orchard at Big Bend.

The firefighters will use foods available at the farmers market to cook dishes such as Zucchini Boats with Bacon Gremolata and Slow Cooker Spicy Latin Flank Steak. Shoppers will be able to sample their cuisine throughout the afternoon.

In addition, two trucks from the fire department will visit the market.

Unit 2015, a 75-foot tall ladder truck, is staffed with four firefighters and is capable of fire suppression, vehicle rescue and providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) medical care. Unit 2017 is an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance staffed by two firefighter/paramedics and equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.  The vehicle handles calls related to cardiac and respiratory complications, trauma injuries from vehicle crashes and home accidents and pediatric emergencies.

The Fire Department will also be seeking donations to its Fill-the-Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Last year’s collections raised more than $10,000 for MDA. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is the largest national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) benefiting research efforts to eradicate 40 neuromuscular diseases.

Don’t be put off by the summer heat this week.  Shoppers can cool off in the market’s mist tent.

The Webster Groves Farmers Market takes place Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 13. Dozens of market vendors line the street to sell locally grown and artisan-crafted foods. Among the items available: farm-fresh produce, orchard fruits, cheeses, honey, antibiotic-free and hormone-free meats and poultry, eggs and pasta.  Vendors include Mangia ItalianoBlack Bear Bakery,  El Chico BakeryFarm Fresh CupcakesRed Guitar Bread and Nagl Farms of St. Louis, The Cheese People from Quincy, Ill.; The Farmers’ Larder of Washington, MO;  Kamp’s Orchard of Golden Eagle, Ill;  Mast’s Produce & Bakery of Bellrive, Ill.; MK Fruits and Veggies of Benton, Ill.; Moder Valley Nursery and Show Me Kettle Corn of House Springs.; Scrumptious Foods of High Ridge;  Single Creek Draft Horse Farm of Dittmer; Stinger’s Honey of Clayton; Sunny Creek Farm of Villa Ridge; Thierbach Orchards of Marthasville and Veggie Boy Produce of Benton, Ill.

Each week the market hosts a local band and hands-on art activities for children. This week’s band, Rosewood, plays from 4-7 p.m.